Deer hunting season is officially open and Seikel Of Life embraces and appreciates the hunters and the deer that help sustain us and provide locally sourced proteins.

[Above: venison meat wrapped in bacon and my version of grain-free “un-stuffed peppers” (ground venison. tomato sauce and fresh garden eggplant, zucchini, and green peppers)]


Surviving the Night Shift


A few days ago, a reader named June left this comment on my site:

"Michelle, I know this is a food blog, but I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about how you make nightshift as healthy as possible for you. I am a new nurse and I love night shift, but I am freaked out about the health consequences of flipping back and forth all the time."

Surviving the Night Shift by Michelle Tam

This question has popped up more than once, so I thought I’d share in detail what my work schedule looks like, and how I’ve managed to cope with working night shifts for over a decade. I’ll also pass on some sleep strategies that apply to everyone—even you lucky ducks who don’t have to work through the night.

Interested? Read on!

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Finding Primal Palate’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in the frozen section at my local Earth Fare was like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one!

Following the label’s directions, I let the dough thaw on my countertop until the tubed dough was easy to slice into discs and then placed the cookie dough discs on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Baked the cookies in the oven as directed. 

The flavor of the uncooked cookie dough, yes I like to eat uncooked cookie dough, was wonderful and so is the baked cookie. There are more then enough chocolate chips per cookie and the sea salt enhances the chocolate flavor perfectly. 

Even more exciting, my part-time primal husband saying “mmmm” as his VERY picky palate tasted the warm cookie fresh out of the oven!

The price tag on a tube of this dough might make you blink twice, but the quality and the ease is well worth the cost, especially in a pinch. 


My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.

To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…

Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.

My only statement. My brothers’ are also online. Thank you for all your kindness, and goodbye for awhile guys. xo (via zeldawilliams)


Seikel Of Life’s personal note:

Knowing that my father and Robin Williams, who share the same first name, are together in heaven gives me some comfort after loosing both of these amazing men in a few short months of each other. Hearing about Robin Williams passing honestly felt like my own father just died all over again. Growing up, I watched Robin Williams with my dad and shared many wonderful moments laughing and crying because Robin Williams has that effect on everyone. Like Zelda Williams said, knowing that one is not alone in loss makes living life a little easier.